City rise from the dead to prevent Pep’s career-worst winless run, Ange’s Spurs pile on more misery for Newcastle


Without the injured Erling Haaland and trailing 1-0 to Luton at halftime, Manchester City had looked in danger of plunging into a full-blown crisis approaching the halfway point of their Premier League title defence.

But the defending champions managed to turn it round on Sunday (Monday AEDT) as goals by Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish in a three-minute span earned a 2-1 victory that ended their four-match winless run and trimmed the gap to leaders Liverpool to four points.

If it wasn’t for the recovery in the second half, City manager Pep Guardiola would have stumbled into the worst streak of results in his coaching career, having never gone five matches without a win.

That was the bleak scenario facing Guardiola and City after striker Elijah Adebayo headed in Andros Townsend’s cross at the back post in the second minute of first-half stoppage time to give Luton the lead at Kenilworth Road.

Manchester City turn it around within three minutes.

The Cityzens show their class as Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish silence Luton.

That’s what they can do.

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Haaland had been sidelined with a foot injury so City were without the league’s top scorer but Rodri was back from suspension and when the Spain midfielder’s surge into the area was stopped by a timely challenge, Silva was there to pounce on the loose ball and curl a finish into the bottom corner in the 62nd.

Grealish then converted a cross by Julian Alvarez in the 65th to keep City in fourth, with Guardiola saying Haaland will be assessed ahead of the home game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

‘There’s not too much science behind it. We’re getting some players back!’

Tottenham win 4-1 over Newcastle in London for their first victory since October.

Ange Postecoglou sheds light on how the club has started to bounce back after their injury issues.#OptusSport

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Meanwhile, the injuries are piling up for Saudi-owned Newcastle – and so are the losses as Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham crushed them 4-1.

It means Newcastle have now lost more games in the Premier League — six — than in the whole of the 2022-23 campaign, with three coming in the last five games.

Destiny Udogie scored for the first time in the Premier League, Richarlison added goals either side of the break and Son Heung-min converted a late penalty for Spurs, who hadn’t won since October 27 when they were still unbeaten and top of the standings.

Destiny Udogie is off the mark in Tottenham colours

Heung-Min Son with a dazzling bit of footwork and he puts it on a platter for the Italian.

Link up.

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Everton are surging clear of the relegation zone, less than a month after plunging into the bottom three after being deducted 10 points for financial mismanagement.

A 2-0 win over Chelsea secured their third straight win. Abdoulaye Doucoure scored for the third time in five games, while Lewis Dobbin added a second in the second minute of stoppage time.

After spending around $US1 billion ($A1.5 billion) on players in the last three transfer windows, Chelsea still aren’t in the top half after losing three of their last four games.

The visitors also lost right back Reece James to another injury after he was forced off in the 27th minute with a suspected hamstring problem.

Raul Jimenez is enjoying a new lease of life at Fulham.

The Mexico international went through some lean times after sustaining a career-threatening head injury while playing for Wolves in November 2020. From being one of the most sought-after strikers in the Premier League, he appeared to lose all of his confidence and was sold to Fulham in July.


The Toffees midfielder is on hand to knock in the rebound after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s shot is saved by Robert Sanchez.

Goodison Park is bouncing.

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But with his 22nd-minute strike in Fulham’s 5-0 win over West Ham, Jimenez has four goals in his last five games and is leading a mid-season resurgence from the London club.

Willian and Tosin Adarabioyo added first-half goals while Harry Wilson and Carlos Vinicius added more after the break as Fulham scored at least three goals for the fourth straight game, after doing so against Wolves, Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

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